The World’s Leading Information Resource For Maintenance & Engineering Professionals.

Social Media
Select Language


A panel of maintenance experts and an audience of maintenance professionals have commended Pickerings Lifts for its innovative approach to maintenance, by awarding the company with the acclodade of winner of this year’s Lions’ Lair, a Dragons’ Den-inspired contest that took place last week at the easyFairs® Maintec show on Thursday 1 March 2012.

The company won the competition by catching the eye of the panel and the audience with its new High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans, designed to provide an energy-efficient solution for large spaces. The new fans require much less energy than traditional air movement HVAC based systems and provide year-round employee comfort and temperature.

In accepting the accolade, Marcus Clissold, Business Development Manager of Pickerings Lifts commented: “It’s fantastic to be winners, especially as the votes were from both the audience watching and the judging panel, all of whom are experienced maintenance professionals.”

Advertisement - Hover to see more

Making up the judging panel were Leighton Parker, Maintenance Manager at Alliance Boots, Paul Dennis, Technical Facilities Manager at Experian, and Professor Len Gelman, Chair in Vibro-Acoustic Monitoring at Cranfield University. All were impressed with the fan’s capabilities.

The HVLS fans produce a massive, cylindrical column of air that flows down to the floor and outward in all directions thanks to its patented airfoils (blades). This ‘horizontal floor jet’ pushes air a greater distance before it begins moving vertically and is then drawn back through the fan.

Marcus added: “We’re really pleased with the product, and how it works. A lot of thought has gone into putting this together and bringing it to market. So it’s a great achievement to receive such positive feedback.”

A packed crowd of maintenance specialists sat and watched the action unfold as Pickerings Lifts beat off stiff competition from three other companies: Idhammar, SCHAD and C-Cubed.

Idhammar presented its new ‘Andon Signalling and Business Alerts’ product. Whilst SCHAD pitched ‘EXTEND7000,’ the world’s first fully functional mobile SCADA application, and C-Cubed showcased its new EXPiDERO Inspections system. However, they just fell short in attracting the attention of the MAINTEC Lions.

easyFairs Managing Director UK & Ireland Matt Benyon said: “The Lions’ Lair proved a popular show floor feature last year when we first introduced it, and we are delighted that it has not only been great entertainment again this year but also that it provides an opportunity for the industry to see live demonstrations of some of the most exciting latest developments. It’s a great way for companies to get their products noticed and in front of leading experts, as well as maintenance buyers. For the companies taking part it’s a great accolade to win, as it’s voted for by people who are really in the know. So congratulations to Pickerings Lifts.”

As well as the Lions’ Lair feature the show also included a comprehensive ‘free to attend’ learnShops™ seminar programme, with speakers from Siemens, Schaeffler, and Britvic.

MAINTEC, held from Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March, remains a time-and-cost effective platform for suppliers to the maintenance and asset management sector, and continues to be year on year the proven place for business; the 2013 event takes place on 5-7 March 2013.

Stand bookings for MAINTEC 2013 can be made by contacting Jerry Dawson on +44 (0)20 8843 8823 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information please visit

Add comment